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PELL (BASIC EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY) GRANT PROGRAM
(CFDA No. 84.063)

I.     PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation: Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Section 411, P.L.
92-318 as amended, (86 Stat., 247-251). (Expires September 30, 1985).

Funding Since 1980:

Fiscal  Year                            Authorization                            Appropriation

1980                                 Indefinite                          $2,157,000,OOQl/

1981                                                "                                       2,604,000,000/

1982                                  $2,600,000,000                            2,419,040,000

1983                                    2,800,000,000                           2,419,040,000

1984                                    3,000,000,000                            2,800,000,000

Purpose: To assist qualified students to help meet their costs of under-
graduate education at eligible institutions of higher education. The program
is intended to improve access to postsecondary education for students demon-
strating financial need.

Eligibility: Eligibility for Pell Grants is limited to undergraduate students
enrolled in an accredited institution and program of postsecondary education
who are maintaining "satisfactory progress" and attend on at least a half-
time basis. Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the
schedule of expected family contribution published annually by the Secretary
of Education in the Federal Register. Students with an expected family
contribution exceeding $1,600 (1983-84 academic year) under thisschedule
did not demonstrate need and were ineligible for Pell grants. In academic
year 1983-84, the maximum Pell award was $1,800 and the minimum was $200.

II.  RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a)
A. Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Pell Grant program is to provide access to higher education
to persons who may otherwise be denied access because of financial need.
During FY 1984 the objectives were to:

o Establish a standard of need analysis and distribute this information to
institutions and students.

o Employ an application system which does not unduly burden applicants
with complex forms and unnecessary delays.

o Monitor and control inaccurate or inappropriate information leading
to disbursement of awards above or below the appropriate amount.

o Maintain equitable distribution of aid and maintain access to higher
education for students 1n low-Income families.am Improvement and Recommendations for Legislation